by Dick Ward
It shouldn't be a surprise because it happens every year about this time, but November is over and a lot has happened. New gear was announced, new Blu-rays came out, and that Black Friday thing happened too. That kind of news avalanche is almost too much to keep up with, which is why we put out the High-Def Digest-Digest, a collection of the biggest stories that happened over the last several weeks.
Yes, I know it's just cover art. Yes, I know it could be placeholder art and not even indicative of the final product. I don't care. 'Skyfall' was insanely good and I'm prepared to get excited about it now. I've already ordered my copy.
The second season of 'Game of Thrones' comes to Blu-ray on February 19th, just in time to give a pre-order as a Valentine's day gift. Pre-orders are something people give for Valentine's Day, right?
Criterion will be releasing a Blu-ray version of 'On the Waterfront,' a classic film starring Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan. You can pick this one up February 19th as well.
'The Fog,' 'The Burning,' 'The Howling,' 'Night of the Comet,' 'Day of the Dead' and the definite article free 'Lifeforce' will all be hitting shelves in 2013 courtesy of Scream Factory.
It's not the most loved 'Star Trek' series, but it's still 'Star Trek,' and the first season is coming to Blu-ray sometime in the spring of next year. Click through to the full story for info on how fans can vote for box art.
Gear and Industry News
There's been a lot of Ultra High Definition news this month, but the coolest for early adopters is that Sony will actually be packing worthwhile content into their sets so you can enjoy native resolution programming on day one.
The channel that made a point of pushing 3D is also going to be providing 4K programming for those that buy the new sets. It's also worth noting that Sony is a part of this company, which means they've got a strong investment in 4K.
Why it took this long we have no idea. Vudu has finally made HDX available on computers, which gives a whole new option to those who prefer an HTPC to a set-top.
Boston Acoustics has been doing great on the soundbar front, but in doing so they've lost focus on the kinds of speakers that got them where they are today. They're refocusing their efforts moving forward, starting with the new M series.
There are 450 theaters showing 'The Hobbit' at 48fps and a decent chunk of those are using Dolby Atmos sound technology. Make sure you're getting both, if you can.
The set-top would be similar to Apple TV but with more of a gaming lean, and of course, more options of content providers.
Director Naoki Yoshida says that free-to-play is a quick path to debt, and that the Final Fantasy MMO isn't going free any time soon.
'Exorcism of Emily Rose,' writer Scott Derrickson says that we're in for something great out of the Deus Ex movie. We've seen enough videogame movies that we're just hoping it doesn't suck.